Usher has changed his tune and now wants to up his ante to settle his epic child support/custody war with Tameka Raymond after the jet ski accident that left his stepson Kyle brain dead ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected with the couple tell TMZ ... Usher spoke with Tameka over the weekend and suggested that they settle up, but he did not significantly change his offer -- 50/50 custody with a very slight increase in child support. Tameka said no way.
But apparently Usher softened after the conversation, because our sources say he met with his lawyers earlier this week and instructed them to craft a new proposal that would give Tameka "a majority" of custody, though the sources did not specify the exact breakdown. We're told Usher is also raising his child support offer "significantly."
As for Usher's motivation ... we're told he's very conscious that Tameka is suffering and it's not a good move to continue the fight under the circumstances.
We're told the offer has not been presented to Tameka yet, but our sources say she's open to a "reasonable settlement."
Calls to lawyers on both sides have not been returned.
Hospitalized After Accident
on 'Good Wife' [PHOTOS]
7/12/2012 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kristin Chenoweth was rushed to a New York hospital after she was injured on the Brooklyn set of "The Good Wife" Wednesday afternoon ... and TMZ has obtained dramatic photos of the actress being treated on the scene.
A source connected to the production of the CBS show tells us ... Kristin was struck by a piece of lighting equipment that collapsed because of a large gust of wind.
We're told Kristin immediately fell to the ground ... and smacked her head on the concrete during the fall.
Someone on the set called 911 around 5:07 PM ET to report a woman who had been hit in the head by a scaffold.
TMZ spoke with a witness who was on the scene who says, "That area is a vortex for wind ... and a big gust of wind blew the lighting off the scaffolding."
The witness tells us Chenoweth was hit "square in the head" and appeared to be "knocked out cold." The witness says, "I thought she was dead at first."
Paramedics treated Kristin on the set ... fitting her with a neck brace and putting her onto a stretcher. She was quickly taken away from the set in an FDNY ambulance and was admitted to a nearby hospital.
A rep for the New York Fire Dept. tells us ... Kristin is being treated for "minor injuries" connected to the accident.
Kristin seems to be accident prone ... she injured her neck during the pre-Broadway engagement of "Wicked" in 2003.
Then, in 2006 she fell off an elevated section of the stage during a rehearsal of the Broadway revival “The Apple Tree.”
And in 2011, Kristin injured her back on the set of “Glee” when she tumbled down a set of concrete stairs.
NO Liquor in My Box
at Tigers Game!!
7/12/2012 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kate Upton sucking down an ice cold beer at a baseball game might be every man's fantasy -- but the 20-year-old supermodel says she was NOT boozing illegally ... despite a suspicious video clip.
Kate was at a Detroit Tigers game on July 6th -- in Tigers ace Justin Verlander's luxury suite -- when TV cameras spotted her toasting friends with a sudsy beverage.
We all know the formula -- baseball game + luxury box + sudsy beverage = BEER!
But Kate's rep insists that's not what happened ... telling TMZ underaged Kate was not drinking beer, and was only there to take in the game with a friend. The rep would not say what Kate was drinking.
A rep for the Tigers assured us "all patrons who appear to be under 30 years old are ID'd."
No doubt, Kate looks way under 30.
As for Kate being in Verlander's box, and the rumors they're dating -- her rep refused to comment.
I Wanna Foreclose
On Ashley's Dad
7/11/2012 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Another sign of turmoil in the Judd family -- country singer Wynonna Judd is declaring war on her ex-stepdad, Ashley Judd's father ... and has now taken steps to foreclose on the guy's house.
Wynonna filed the lawsuit against Michael Ciminella in Kentucky, claiming she loaned him $200,000 back in 1994 ... a loan he secured against his house ... and he still hasn't repaid the debt.
Now, Wynonna claims the loan has swelled to $242,317 with interest and late fees -- so she's asking a judge to let her foreclose on Ciminella's house in order to get her money.
To clarify -- Michael was married to Wynonna's mother Naomi Judd from 1968-1972, during which the couple had Wynonna's half-sister Ashley (the actress). Wynonna's biological father was never married to Naomi.
The lawsuit's the latest example of a major fissure in the Judd family -- just last month, Wynonna married her boyfriend at her Tennessee home ... and neither Ashley nor their mother were invited to the wedding.
A judge has yet to rule on the lawsuit. Calls to Ciminella were not returned.
Scores Sprawling Mansion
In Denver ... For Millions
7/11/2012 11:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Peyton Manning is taking his first big step as a brand new Denver Bronco -- TMZ has learned, the star quarterback just purchased a multi-million dollar mansion in a ritzy suburb outside the Mile High City.
Real estate sources tell TMZ, Peyton -- who split with the Indianapolis Colts earlier this year -- closed the deal Monday for the 16,000 square foot home in the exclusive Cherry Hills Village, agreeing to pay $4,575,000.
The house has 7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, 7 car garage, a gated entrance, a panic room ... and a freaking elevator.
But Peyton won't have a problem affording the place -- the guy signed a 5-year contract with the Broncos on March 20th ... worth $96 MILLION.
Yes, I Checked My Watch
During National Anthem
7/11/2012 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
As for reading lyrics off his hand, Bryan says, "I had a few keys words written down to insure myself that I wouldn't mess up. I just wanted to do my best. I promise it was from the heart."
Country singer Luke Bryan admits ... he was reading from his hand and his watch while performing the National Anthem at the MLB All-Star game yesterday ... and says he can explain the whole thing.
Bryan came under fire from critics who claimed checking one's watch while singing the Anthem is plain disrespectful.
But Bryan went to his Twitter page moments ago hoping to clear things up.
Bryan wrote, "I did check my watch because I knew the stealth bomber would fly over 2 minutes in and I knew a [sic] started a little late."
"If I offended anyone with my approach I sincerely apologize. Anytime I sing the anthem it is an honor and my heart beats out of my chest."
into Parked Car
7/11/2012 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
This is not the kinda hit Robin Thicke is looking for -- the singer slammed his high-end sports car into another car on Sunset Blvd last night.
According to law enforcement ... Robin told cops another car cut him off as he was leaving Chateau Marmont ... forcing him to swerve his black convertible Porsche into a parked car.
Robin's ride sustained serious damage to the front and back end ... but we're told no one was injured in the wreck. The parked car, a Volkswagen, was also towed from the scene.
We're told police do not believe alcohol or drugs were involved, and there is no criminal investigation. An officer even gave Robin a ride to his nearby home.
Belly Nice Bikini
7/11/2012 5:30 AM PDT BY Johnny Lopez
Jessica Alba let all her bronzed gorgeousness hang out in a sexy two-piece bikini while soaking up the sun in Italy on Tuesday.
Just like Scarlett Johansson, the 31-year-old mother of two can definitely stomach the European heat.
7/10/2012 8:00 AM PDT BY Johnny Lopez
It's no secret what Scarlett Johansson's super powers are ... looking ridiculously hot in a sexy wet bikini.
The 27-year-old showed off her Black Widow curves while on a yacht in Italy with a super buff man friend on Monday.
Here's rock solid proof why Scarlett is worth every penny of the $20 million she's reportedly banking for the "Avengers" sequel.
Triggered Divorce Settlement
7/10/2012 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise went from zero to nuclear war in an instant when she filed divorce papers, but it was little Suri who became the peacemaker ... sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ.
Our sources say ... a week ago Thursday, after Katie filed, the hostility between the two was palpable and Suri became a weapon. Katie wanted to strip Tom of all decision-making power in Suri's life, and Tom responded by unleashing the biggest legal guns around to fight her.
We're told what turned everything around was a series of conversations that Suri would be irreparably damaged by parental warfare. It registered big time with both Tom and Katie, and it allowed their lawyers to strike a deal in what could be record time for this type of divorce.
Fact is ... it generally takes celebs in these high-profile divorces a lot longer to realize how bitterness affects small kids, so credit to both.
I Can Make You
7/10/2012 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kris Humphries believes he's the next Kim Kardashian -- as in, dude believes he wields the power to make someone famous with the snap of his finger ... and last night, he tried to prove it.
Humphries was leaving AV nightclub in Hollywood around 2 AM ... when we asked him about the baby mama drama in his life. But Kris wasn't in the mood to discuss parenthood ... instead, he promised to "blow up" our photog (in a good way) by taking his pic and posting it to Twitter.
Kris -- who was very nice BTW -- took our guy's pic and was ready to tweet at him ... but there was one really big problem ... you can't tweet at a guy who doesn't have a Twitter. Bummer.
As for Kris' whole "Is my ex-gf pregnant?" thing ... just doesn't seem like he cares.
Nearly Slices Off Hand
In Freak Hotel Accident
7/10/2012 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
B2K singer Raz B nearly died Sunday in China -- after accidentally falling through a glass door in his hotel room ... slicing his wrist wide open ... and losing a SCARY amount of blood.
Raz -- who had been performing in Shanghai before the accident -- tells TMZ, he tripped hard inside his room ... and when he tried to break his fall, he crashed through a sliding glass door.
Raz says the broken glass caught his wrist and ripped it to pieces, tearing through ligaments, nerves, tendons ... right down to the bone. (We've seen a graphic close-up of the injury, and decided to spare you the visuals. You're welcome.)
Raz says he immediately began gushing blood and quickly passed out. Someone else in the room then alerted the hotel, and an ambulance was called.
Raz was rushed to Huashan Hospital Fudan University, where doctors operated to repair his mutilated wrist -- a grueling procedure that took roughly 5 hours.
Raz was released from the hospital Monday. He has since canceled his remaining tour dates -- for now.
Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes
7/9/2012 9:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
10:44 AM PST: Tom's longtime lawyer, Bert Fields, just told TMZ, "The Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes case has been settled with a signed agreement. Tom is really pleased we got there, and so am I."
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have SETTLED their divorce ... this according to Katie's lawyer.
Jonathan Wolfe tells TMZ, "This case has been settled and the agreement has been signed. We are thrilled for Katie and her family and are excited to watch as she embarks on the next chapter of her life."
TMZ reported in the last few days lawyers for both sides were in a marathon negotiation -- trying to end what began as a divorce war.
As we reported, one condition Tom had for settling was "meaningful, significant" contact with Suri.
Wolfe added, "We thank Tom's counsel for their professionalism and diligence that helped bring about this speedy resolution."